I have been using the Petzl Nomic in both its original form and the new current model with its serrated blade under the griprest for the past three years. This axe has accompanied me on everything from classic snow faces in the Southern Alps to hard alpine ice and mixed in the Alps and Rockies. It has also been a solid performer on many new routes in the Balfour, Darrens, Alps and Remarkables. If I was going to own only one set of tools then the Petzl Nomic is the axe I would choose. It has one or two faults however overall I have not found a better performer.
Here is my idea of the perfect light alpine meal. This meal fits very well into one regular sized Jet Boil or 1L pot. I have found it very filling even after a very long day in the mountains. It is light, cheap and covers most of your dietary requirements. I find this meal as filling as two regular dehydrated meals.
Take one pack of your favourite instant noodles. 50g of dried potato flakes, 2 scoops of Raiseys Protein Soup and 25g of chopped nuts, 15-25g of grated parmesan cheese.